Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Eleven Years Of Pants
The misery just goes on...
Useless exams... underperforming schools
Labour's dumbed down prizes-for-all exams are so useless more and more universities and employers are looking to set their own tests.
This morning Imperial College has announced tests for all applicants. Rector Richard Sykes says:
"We can't rely on A-levels any more. Everybody who applies has got three As or four As – they are not very useful."
He says "grade inflation has destroyed Imperial's ability to discriminate between bright and average applicants". A Levels have become "almost worthless".
In 2007, more than a quarter of papers were graded A, with the number of As doubling since 1990.
Sykes said it was "frightening" that four in 10 of his students came from private schools even though they educate just seven per cent of pupils.
Useless prisons... better than home
37,000 prisoners declining to apply for early release... 42 people breaking into prisons... cheap plentiful drugs... Sky TV... yes, for many people, prisons really are better than home.
Glyn Travis, the assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, says:
"There's something wrong when people are breaking into prisons to bring in drugs, but the prisoners are quite happy to stay inside. Prisoners receive a wage for being in prison, they receive a bed, a TV in all cells, Sky television in most areas for recreational use, free telephones, breakfast in bed on many occasions, cash bonuses for good behaviour. And prison staff are forced to deal with them in such a subservient way. It's ridiculous."
Useless hospitals... and highly dangerous
The latest from our plague hospitals is that the special disinfectant wipes introduced to control MRSA are actually spreading it:
"Monitoring of how they were used in two Welsh hospitals showed that staff reused the wipes to decontaminate a number of surfaces at a time, including many touched by patients and medical staff, such as bed rails, monitors, tables and key pads.
Replicating the action in laboratory experiments, the scientists proved that when reused the wipes transferred high numbers of the bacteria on to other surfaces."
Useless border controls... and highly dangerous
The Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire has returned to the thorny issue of mass immigration and crime. Julie Spence told the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee:
'We have had the Iraqi Kurds who carry knives and the Poles and the Lithuanians who carry knives. If it is normal to carry them where you come from, you need to educate them pretty quickly."
She also reckons as many as 1.4million had arrived since the borders were opened - half a million more than the official figure.
Local Government Association chairman Sir Simon Milton told the same hearing about a series of 'spikes' in crime as a result of mass immigration. He said there had been an issue with largely Romanian pick-pocketing gangs in the Westminster area.
And remember, despite all the contrary evidence, the government still maintains their mass immigration has brought us substantial benefits (see this blog for some real facts).
Pantwise we've reached the tipping point
The excellent Stelzer explains how this huge mountain of pants has finally tipped us over. He says for many years Big Government Labour got away with it:
"The Government's critics wondered: why are voters willing to go along with policies that were not producing the improvements in their lives that the new taxes should have bought? The answer is that voters will tolerate a long descent to a tipping point, where they feel "enough is enough". When that point is reached, it no longer seems mean spirited to say we want to keep more of our own money, get the crooks off the streets and retain our culture.
Economists always guessed that when a government claims around 40 per cent of a nation's income, voters will rebel. Britain's voters proved more patient: it was not until Labour laid claim to about 43 per cent of all the income they generated that they yelled, "Stop". That was their tipping point."
Although it is strange he doesn't actually mention the pants.